I love these P’kolino multi-solution puzzles for teaching body parts and colors in Spanish. There are many ways to do each puzzle, so children will play with them again and again. That means that these toys provide lots of opportunities to speak Spanish with your child, and lots of repetition of important vocabulary.
Kids can easily learn body parts in Spanish with these puzzles: P’kolino Multi-Solution Shape Puzzle – Rhombot and P’kolino Multi-Solution Shape Puzzle – Circle Alien. Use the words in Spanish as you do the puzzle together. Talk about what your child is doing, and she will associate the Spanish words with the parts of the body that she is putting in the puzzle. Use phrases like these to talk about the body parts in Spanish with your child:
Es la cabeza. / It is the head.
Es un ojo. / Is the an eye.
Tiene ojos grandes. / He/She has big eyes.
¡Qué boca bonita! / What a pretty mouth.
Es la mano. / It is a hand.
La otra mano. Ahora tiene dos manos. / The other hand. Now he/she has two hands.
Mira, saluda con la mano. / Look, he/she is waving.
Es parte de la panza, ¿no? / It’s part of the belly, right?
¿Qué es eso? ¿Es una antena? Sí, tiene dos antenas. / What is that? Is it an antenna? Yes, he/she has two antennea.
¡Qué boca grande! ¿Cuántas piezas tiene la boca? Una, dos, tres…la boca tiene tres piezas. / What a big mouth! How many pieces does the mouth have? One, two three…the mouth has three pieces.
Es una oreja. Vamos a poner la otra oreja. Ahora tiene dos orejas. / It is an ear. Let’s put in the other ear. Now he/she has two ears.
Esa pieza es el cuello. / That piece is the neck.
Son los hombros del robot. Necesitas otra pieza para los hombros ¿verdad? ¡Ahora tiene los hombros bonitos! / They are the robot’s shoulders. You need another piece for the shoulders, right? Now he/she has nice shoulders!
The brightly colored pieces are engaging and create fanciful, friendly characters. They are excellent for teaching colors in Spanish. Talk about the pieces with your child. Ask questions and answer them yourself. Use phrases like these to talk about the colors in Spanish as you do these puzzles
Me gusta la cabeza verde. / I like her/his green head.
Las manos son verdes también./ Her/His hands are green too.
El ojo es rojo y naranja. ¡Qué bonito! / The eye is red and orange. How pretty!
¿Qué colores tiene la boca? Veo azul, amarillo y naranja./ What colors is the mouth? I see blue, yellow and orange.
Son los hombros del robot. Tienen muchos colores. Hay azul, amarillo, morado y naranja. / Those are the shoulders of the robot. They have a lot of colors. There is blue, yellow, purple and orange.
¿De qué color es ese ojo? Es amarillo. / What color is that eye? It is yellow.
Remember that your child is learning Spanish when she is listening and associating the language with the colors and body parts. If you want her to say the words in Spanish, make a game out of saying them together and touching the parts of the completed puzzle or your own face. For example:
Let’s say 1 thing…ojo, ojo, ojo… (touch one eye then the other)
Now let’s say 2 things…ojo, boca, ojo, boca, ojo, boca (touch your eye and mouth)
Now let’s say 3 things…Ojo, boca, nariz. Ojo, boca, nariz (touch eye, mouth, nose)
Singing with your child is also a great way to have her produce the words in Spanish. The song Mi carita redondita is perfect for singing along and touching the parts of the face.